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>> pelley: tonight, a political star falls to earth. jesse jackson, jr., pleads guilty to corruption. dean reynolds on how the congressman looted the funds of his donors. beware the first of march. that's when hundreds of thousands of workers will see their paychecks cut if the president and congress can't make a deal. >> this is one of the least -- or the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> pelley: reports from david martin and chip reid. a bail hearing for olympic runner oscar pistorius turns into a preview of his murder trial. emma hurd on how the defense tried to tear apart the prosecution's case. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. good evening. under the law, donations to a
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political campaign must be spent on the campaign. but today jesse jackson, jr., pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 of his donors' money on a lavish life-style. federal prosecutors say the looting began seven years ago, nearly half the time jackson has represented his chicago district in congress. jackson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make false statements in his campaign finance reports, mail fraud, and wire fraud. jackson's wife pleaded guilty to filing false income tax reports. the former congressman is the son of jesse jackson. he was born in 1965 on the very same month that his fatherd from selma to montgomery with martin luther king, jr. today jackson, jr., told the judge "i have misled the american people." here's dean reynolds.
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>> reporter: jesse jackson, jr., entered the courthouse quickly and then struggled with his emotions inside as he pleaded guilty to charges he spent campaign funds on himself, his family, and his house. his wife sandra, a former chicago alderman, also pleaded guilty. as he left court, jackson apologized. >> i'm sorry i let everybody down. >> reporter: jackson's lawyer, reed weingarten said it was a difficult morning. >> it was a morning that had to come. jesse needed to come to terms with his misconduct and those who were in court saw that he did precisely that. >> reporter: david miller is a jackson friend and former state legislator. did you see that coming? >> no, not really. i think it was a surprise to all of us. >> reporter: is there an acute sense of disappointment in that district? >> oh, absolutely. at one point he was a shining star, young, good looking, articulate. >> reporter: over the last year, the democratic congressman all but stopped working, disappearing for from public view for weeks over the summer and checking into the mayo clinic for what doctors there
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said was bipolar disorder. jackson says he also has a shopping addiction and in court he admitted buying everything from toilet paper at costco to a $43,000 gold-plated rolex watch, two elk heads from a nevada taxi determinist, memorabilia from martin luther king and jimi hendrix, fur coats, home enseparations and more. all of it paid with money for his campaign. he was reelected by 40 points in november but then quit congress later that month. now, sentencing is set for june, scott, and jackson could get four to five years in prison. >> pelley: dean, thank you very much. well, a different kind of corruption is being investigated tonight by the securities and exchange commission. the agency is looking into possible insider trading before the $23 billion purchase of heinz last week by warren buffett's berkshire hathaway and brazil's 3g capital. senior business correspondent
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anthony mason is with us and following the investigation. anthony? i. >> scott, we've learned the s.e.c. is looking into a number of trades surrounding the heinz sale, but one trade in particular investigators are calling highly suspicious. the day before the takeover of heinz was announced, an unknown investor bought more than 250,000 options, granting the right to buy heinz stock at $65 a share through june. when the deal was unveiled, the stock jumped to $72 a share and that $90,000 investment made from a swiss-based account soared in value to more than $1.8 million. >> this was substantial trading in a very large block by an account that the s.e.c. alleges had never traded heinz before. >> reporter: michael mann, a former s.e.c. attorney, says the commission was right to file an emergency action to freeze the account. >> as a result, if the person whose account this was wants
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their profits they're going to need to come here to get them or otherwise to defend the case if the freeze is ever going to be lifted. >> reporter: the s.e.c. has been cracking down on insider trading, updating its technology to better track suspicious trading patterns. >> this one they went very short. >> reporter: former enforcement director robert khuzami, who stepped down last month, wanted to erase the stain that tarred the commission after it missed bernie madoff's billion-dollar ponzi scheme four years ago. >> the results from the enforcement division alone the last three years have been the three highest number of enforcement cases we've ever brought. >> reporter: can a bernie madoff case slip by this agency again, do you think? >> we have been done an incredible amount of work to reduce the chancing of that happening. >> reporter: the suspicious heinz trade was made through a swiss-based account with goldman sachs. the bank and swiss regulators are cooperating with the investigation. >> pelley: anthony, thanks very much. it was a negative day on wall
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street today. the dow lost 108 points to finish back below 14,000. but the entire economy is headed for trouble in just eight days when massive across-the-board cuts in the federal budget are scheduled to kick in automatically. these cuts were designed to be so deep and harmful that they would force the president and congress to find a better way. but they haven't. just for example, there would be $46 billion cut from the department, and benefit cuts for 4.7 million long-term unemployed. we have two reports tonight. first, those defense cuts with david martin. >> reporter: of the 800,000 civilians who work for the department of defense, an estimated 700,000 would be furloughed for one day a week. according to the pentagon's chief budget officer robert hale, that would save between $4 and $5 billion.
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but it would all come out of people's paychecks. >> we feel we don't have any choice but to impose furloughs even though we would much prefer not to do it. frankly, this is within of the least -- the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: department of defense civilians run training range where navy pilots practice strafing runs. they manage the flow of supplies to troops in afghanistan, overhaul army tanks and provide medical care for everybody from wounded warriors to retirees. laying them off for one day a week would not cripple national defense, but it would, said jessica wright, the pentagon's head of personnel, be an economic catastrophe for their families. >> if furloughs are enacted, civilians will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. >> reporter: even then, the pentagon would still have to find another $41 billion in savings during the last seven months of the fiscal year. internal pentagon documents show
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the army would have to stop bringing in equipment for overall at its maintenance depots. much of it badly in need of repair after a decade of war. the navy would shut down four of its nine carrier airwaves. once shut down, it would take the air wicks nine to 12 months to regain their full fighting cape -blgt. and that's just for the rest of this fiscal year. if the budget crisis is not resolved, a new round of furloughs and cuts would begin with the start of the next fiscal year on october 1. >> pelley: david, thank you. like we said, it's not just the defense budget. every federal agency is facing the knife and we asked chip reid to fill us in on that. >> reporter: the f.b.i. says the budget cuts would require all employees, including special agents, to be furloughed for up to 14 days. jan fedarcyk is the former head of the f.b.i.'s new york field office. what do you think the top managers at the f.b.i. are most worried about? >> i'm sure they are most worried about what does this mean within the national
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security arena. that's probably at the top of the list, the discussion about maintaining our counterterrorism operations. >> reporter: most of the cuts would not take effect immediately on march 1. they would be phased in slowly over several months and they could be avoided if congress and the president can agree to a deal. but if they can't, the cuts will be painful. thousands of security screeners at the nation's airports would be furloughed. wait times at the busiest airports could increase by up to an hour. 70,000 children would be dropped from head start. 600,000 women and young children would be cut from a major nutrition program. millions of the nation's long-term unemployed would lose an average of $400 in benefits. on the health front, the f.d.a. says furloughs would result in 2,100 fewer inspections of food plants, increasing the risk of food-borne illness and medical research could be cut by $1.6 billion, slowing progress in the
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fight against disease, including cancer and alzheimer's. medicare, medicaid, and social security would be largely spared, scott, and critics of this whole process say that is a fundamental flaw because those entitlement programs are a major driver of the national debt. >> pelley: just over a week away. chip, thanks very much. the bail hearing for olympic runner oscar pistorius took a sharp turn today when his lawyers tore into the prosecution's case. pistorius, a double amputee who runs on custom blades is charged with murdering his girlfriend. he blames it was an accident, that he fired shots into his bathroom believing that a burglar was inside. emma murder is following the case for us in pretoria, south africa. >> reporter: the defense team for oscar pistorius went on the attack today, cross-examining the lead detective investigating the fatal shooting of reeva steenkamp. detective hilton botha first testified the police had a
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witness that heard nonstop talking like shouting at the pistorius house late on the night of the shooting. under the defense questioning, he had to admit the witness was 600 yards away. the prosecution's trying to prove the couple quarreled, that reevaed any the bathroom and that pistorius shot her four times through the door. botha also testified that the bullets fired were angled down and fired from a distance of about five feet. but, when pressed, he said he wasn't a forensic expert and couldn't be sure. and he admitted the defense investigators had found a bullet slug still embedded in the toilet that the police had missed. the police said they'd found syringes and testosterone in pistorius's bedroom. the defense countered it was a herbal remedy. prosecutors had to admit they didn't know what it was. this may be a bail hearing, but today felt like a trial within a trial, giving a taste of what's
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to come w-2 of the country's top lawyers squaring off in heated cross-examination, and much of the key evidence already revealed and being challenged. as the day wore on, the track star broke down in tears again in the courtroom. one of his uncles, arnold pistorius, says he's deeply traumatized. >> he's grieving. he's in extreme shock and i don't expect him to get over it. >> reporter: in a statement, pistorius's family said they hope the hearing provided by more clarity about this tragic event and they insisted that the world famous paraolympian wouldn't be a flight risk if he was released on bail because he'd be recognized wherever he went. >> pelley: emma hurd at the police station where pistorius is being held tonight and the third day of the bail hearing is being held tomorrow. emma, thanks very much. many of american catholics say one of america's cardinals
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sexually abused by priests in milwaukee where dolan once served as archbishop. cardinal roger mahoney, the archbishop emeritus of los angeles will testify later this week over his role in shielding accused priests from law. both dolan and mahoney are among the princes of the church who will choose the successor to pope benedict xvi next month, but ben tracy tells us that mahoney is under pressure to stay home. >> reporter: cardinal roger mahoney was the spiritual leader for four million catholics in los angeles, the largest archdiocese in the country. but many catholics are demanding the retired archbishop not attend the conclave. james salt is with catholics united. the group's petition with 6,000 signatures calls on mahoney to recruise himself from the vote. >> the conclave should be an opportunity to celebrate the future of catholicism. with the cardinal's
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participation, we are reminded of the sins of our leaders and second we're reminded of the general lack of accountability. >> reporter: church files released last month show mahoney conceald from police the names of priest accused of sex abuse. in 1988, he wrote to an aide: we can not give such a list for no cause whatsoever." mahoney no longer has any formal role in the local church. despite being sidelined here in los angeles, cardinal ha mahoney is still considered to be in good standing with the catholic church. that means the 76-year-old is required to vote in papal conclaves until he's 80 years old or too sick to attend. italian newspapers are filled with stories about mahoney's role in shielding priests. one cardinal is quoted as saying "it will be up to mahoney's conscience to decide whether to take part or not." father thomas sra *urb a theoloy professor at loyola marymount university. >> he's made mistakes, he's acknowledged his mistakes but -- and there are people that think he should not be there.
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but there are many other people that appreciate the role he's played here and would like to see him participate. >> reporter: cardinal mahoney denied our request for an interview but tweeted that he will be in rome. countdown to the papal conclave has begun. your prayers needed that we elect the best pope for today and tomorrow's church. there is no formal way for the church to block a cardinal from attending a papal conclave. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: the only way for lance armstrong to get back into competitive sports is to tell all under oath to the u.s. anti-doping atsy. but today armstrong said forget it. armstrong admits using performance-enhancing drugs while winning the tour de france seven times. he said he's willing to participate in an international effort to clean up cycling, but he won't cooperate with the u.s. agency. what are martian rocks made of? a nasa rover collects its first sample when we come back. before copd...
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>> pelley: it felt like an earthquake. that was one of the descriptions of a deadly explosion in kansas city last night. it was caught on tape. look at upper right. the blast and fire wiped out a restaurant. more than a dozen people were hurt. authorities believe that a construction crew sever add gas line earlier in the day. the building was evacuated just minutes before the explosion. but today one body was found in
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the rubble and the mayor of kansas city says there may be others. we also saw some powerful images today from mars. this is the "curiosity" rover drilling into the martian surface. nasa said today that it scooped up about a tablespoon of powdered rock which will now be analysted to determine what's in it. "curiosity" is looking for signs that mars once had the conditions to support life. the second obama term is starting off with a bang or two. the white house today put out a new official photograph of the first lady featuring her now-famous new bangs. for comparison, this was michelle obama's official photograph from the first term. we thought you'd like to see that. and up next, a story we thought you'd like to hear about a campaign to save priceless recordings. i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin. [ designer ] enough of just covering up my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
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>> >> pelley: finally tonight, cameras and mike phones are virtually everywhere these days and it seems that just about everything is preserved forever on the internet. but, of course, it wasn't always that way. the library of congress has just reported that 80% of motion pictures filmed before 1930 and countless audio recordings from that era are gone forever.
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but as seth doane tells us, the library has a plan to stop this bleeding of priceless history. ♪ >> reporter: this 1936 louis armstrong recording is an artifact nearly lost to time. ♪ it's a nickel-plated disk, widely used to record sound in the first half of the 20th century. >> it's the equivalent to an original camera negative for a motion picture. >> reporter: patrick lockne is leading the effort to safe these cultural relics for the library of congress. >> what goes on here is the archaeology of american popular audio-visual history. >> reporter: when you think of the library of congress you think of old documents and typewriter-smudged papers. not here. >> no. it's quite remarkable that the library very early on got into the acquisition of sound recordings and then radio programs. they were considered a cultural record. and this is a collection of cylinder recordings. >> reporter: these cylinders,
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invented by thomas edison in the 1800s, were recently donated by a private collector. they're the first known devices to record sound. >> it was literally bees wax and it could melt if it was heated up too high or break. >> reporter: this one, now digitally restored, is an 1896 campaign song for william mckinley. ♪ he is true, he's tried, he's a joy and a pride ♪ mckinley is our hero today >> the film stock in here is referred to as nitrate film stock. >> reporter: the library has 90 miles of shelves in its 45 acre conservation campus in culpepper, virginia. here specialists are preserving more than a million motion pictures. including this 1894 film called "annabelle butterfly." it's one of the oldest known films ever restored. each frame was originally colored by hand. and it has thousands of t.v.
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shows. ♪ try to set the night on fire -- ♪ >> reporter: this is the only appearance of the doors on the ed sullivan show. ♪ come, baby, light my fire >> reporter: they've even restored color to this 1975 blues documentary. >> there's actually a growing amnesia about american past and our job is to try to bolster that american memory. try to save it for future generations who might find value in what we're preserving. >> reporter: a mission to rerecord america's cultural past and preserve it for a digital future. seth doane, cbs news, culpepper, virginia. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for this day of history. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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capt six young lives cut short by violence in just six months time. two of them attended the same high school and were killed just 24 hours apart. tonight, we are going in depth on the senseless string of tragedies rocking prince georges county, maryland. just a short time ago, prince georges county police announced they have arrested five suspects and charged each of them with murder in connection with the shooting death of charles walker, jr. he was one of two suitland high students killed this week. c.j. was shot and killed yesterday for a pair of shoes. >> criminals need to know if they come to this county and commit senseless acts of violence, we will find them and bring them to justice. >> these are


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